Six Lessons of Suicide

Robin Williams gave many people joy.

You might be sad that he is dead. Or you might be feeling compassion. It’s important to know the difference. Compassion doesn’t hurt. It is pure, healing and whole. It is love. Compassion is recognizing his depression and sadness. Compassion is empathizing with what his close family and friends are feeling.

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Rebooting Your Food Habits

Do you remember last night’s dinner? Have you started thinking about tonight’s dinner? Sadly, as a society, we fetish-ize food and shame ourselves for the consumption.

Fortunately, we can change our relationship with food. In fact, my weight-loss clients love that they’re not always thinking about food. They are truly eating to live, not living to eat.

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Can I Get a Witness! — The Value of Testimonials

Confession. After 9+ years and over 800+ clients, it’s still strange for me to post client testimonials — in particular, when I’m complimented by name. Without a doubt, my typical Midwestern modesty is triggered. Fortunately, I realize there are good reasons to post testimonials. And there are good reasons for people to give testimony to their life and their good fortune! Here are some reasons listed below.
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Hypnosis & Brainless Barbie

BarbieRecently a lady in California began using hypnosis to become a “brainless” Barbie. (Video)

Although her approach is extreme, is it wrong that she wants to look like Barbie? Not necessarily. We all desire beauty, but being “brainless” is cause for concern. It’s possible this lady has “body dysmorphia” which is an excessive misperception and dislike of some aspect of the body.

For me, if a client had this request, I would explore motives and share the downside of such a choice (i.e. potential harm and a fragile Barbie business).

But, can hypnosis help her become brainless? Yes and no.

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New Year’s Resolutions!

Are New Year’s Resolutions easy? Yes! In fact, the more optimistic you are, the more likely you’ll achieve your goals. Also, you can use these ideas and tips to create a more rewarding life at any time of the year. Here are four simple ideas to keep in mind:
1) Create resolutions that are clear and definable. Instead of saying “I’m going to be healthier” or “Get outside more” or “Have more ‘Me’ time”,  determine what that actually means. Are you going to lose 10 pounds, go for a walk 4 times a week, or decide that you get to learn guitar.
2) Be optimistic. Yes, you may have tried this resolution before, but this is the best time, with all your previous efforts supporting you.
3) Be realistic. Don’t plan on losing 100 lbs in a year.
4) Believe there is no failure. If you have some missteps, think of it as just practicing!
If you would like more guidance, here’s an article I’ve updated to help along the way:
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